Beckham Estate Vineyard

Owner(s) Andrew Beckham, Annedria Beckham
Web site www.beckhamestatevineyard.com
 
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Beckham Estate Vineyard

A small, family owned and meticulously farmed vineyard in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains. The winery’s mission is to grow and craft exceptional Pinot Noir that expresses the beauty of the site and the individuality of the vintage. The vineyard is owned and farmed by Andrew and Annedria Beckham and Andrew does the winemaking. The vineyard is planted to Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon 115 clones.

Two of the wines reviewed clearly reflect their respective vintages with the 2010 less ripe, lighter and more delicate, and the 2009 riper, darker fruited, and more structured. Ripe or less ripe, take your pick. Either way, this is a producer to put on your watch list.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Beckham Estate Olivia’s Rosé of Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 60 cases, $18. Released January 22, 2014. Nearly sold out. Named for the family’s youngest daughter. Dijon 115 and Pommard grown especially for this wine. Fermented in neutral French oak. No malolactic fermentation. · Pinkish red color and clear in the glass. Lovely aromas of fresh strawberry, watermelon and blood orange are echoed in the flavor profile. Bright and crisp with gossamer tannins. Score: 89. Reviewed June 16, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Beckham Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 225 cases, $30. Contains all four clones from the estate vineyard. 100% de-stemmed and whole berry fermented. Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The vibrant nose picks up intensity and nuance over time in the glass, offering a rainbow of aromas including black cherry, ripe strawberry, black raspberry, spice and rose. Delicious well-sustained attack of black cherry fruit accented with clove and cola, carrying over to a magnificent finish of impressive fruit concentration. Very smooth in the mouth with the structure to age many years. This wine has a racy personality. Score: 94. Reviewed June 16, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Beckham Estate Sophia’s Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 70 cases, $35. May 2014 release. Dijon 115. 100% de-stemmed and whole berry fermented. Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak. · Deeper reddish purple color reflective of the vintage. Expressive aromas of fresh cherry pie glaze and rose petals. Mid weight core of tasty red fruits with a complimentary touch of oak and spice. Balanced tannins and quite forward. Score: 92. Reviewed June 16, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Beckham Estate Dow’s Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

$40. Fall release. Not tasted, but expect big things. · Reviewed June 16, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Beckham Estate Vineyard Dow’s Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 70 cases, $45-$50. September or October 2014 release. Since 1857, more than 20 sons in the Beckham family have carried the name Dow. The wine honors Andrew Beckham’s father, grandfather and son.From the Beckham Estate Vineyard, a dry-farmed site with rocky volcanic soils at 412 to 568 feet elevation. Clones are 777 and Pommard. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and earthy flora with a hint of peppery spice. The rich fruit of the 2012 vintage is on full display buffered by well-integrated tannins. A mix of ripe cherry and berry flavors is accented with notes of dark chocolate, a hint of confection, and an iron-driven minerality. The finish is robust and lingering. Score: 92. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Beckham Estate Sophia’s Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

50 cases, clone 115, sold out. Not tasted. · Reviewed June 16, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Beckham Estate Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., 350 cases, $30. Released September 2013. Nearly sold out. Aged 18 months in French oak, the last 6 months in neutral French oak. All clones in vineyard including Pommard, Wädenswil, 115 and 777. 100% de-stemmed and berry fermented. Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak. · Light in color and weight, with tannins slightly dominant over fruit concentration. Still quite appealing, with wellperfumed red cherry and cranberry fruits with a hint of raspberry and sassafras. Driven by crisp acidity, the wine has a sweet cherry, soprano finish. Score: 89. Reviewed June 16, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Beckham Estate Dow’s Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

50 cases, $40. Since 1857, more than 20 sons in the Beckham family have carried the name Dow and this wine honors Andrew’s father, grandfather and now Andrew’s son. A barrel selection of clone 777 and Pommard aged in 40% new French oak. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Elegant, but packs plenty of flavor including Bing cherry, spice and mocha. Highly aromatic with a hearty backbone of tannin and a pleasing finish. Score: 92. Reviewed June 16, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Beckham Estate Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., 275 cases, $32. Released April 2012. Yields 2.5 lbs per vine. 100% de-stemmed, whole berry fermented, aged 11 months in 35% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very enticing aromas of fresh pie cherries, red plums and baking spices. Discreetly concentrated flavors of red cherries and berries with a hint of baking spice, offering hi-tone acidity and mild tannins, leaving a memorable fruit-filled impression on the finish. Lighter weighted than the 2009 bottling but offering more transparency, finesse and charm. Very good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Beckham Estate Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 250 cases, $32. Inaugural vintage. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of darker fruits including black plum with a hint of toasted oak. Well-structured core of black raspberry, plum and black currant fruits with a hint of brewed tea, becoming more mellow over time in the glass. Very ripe, smooth and mouth filling with impressive length on the finish. Very good. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »